The Textbook Group

The Textbook Group is made up of three associated progressive structures that are complete, and ready-made by Mary Baker Eddy, and are all divided by her into 16 elements. Their association begins with the lowest element in the first column and sequences upwards, column by column.

The key part of this group is the progressive structure of the 16 textbook chapters.

The following is the list of the textbook chapters as we have them today (not counting the Preface, Glossary, and the 100 pages of testimonials that comprise the chapter, Fruitage). The present sequence, that puts the chapters directly into her pedagogical matrix was developed quite late, after 1901 (the 1901 chapter numbers are shown in brackets.) One might speculate that Mary Baker Eddy had expected people to discover the relationship of the chapters to the pedagogical structure on their own, but had later decided to provide the applicable sequence. The original sequence evidently was designed for a different purpose, perhaps the 'break the ice' in public thinking, since she made the chapter: Science, Theology, Medicine the first chapter. It appears that it became more important to her later on to emphasize that the book is a part of her pedagogical structure, by presenting it in its direct relationship with it. This happened after 1901.

Chapter 1: Prayer (10)
Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist (11)
Chapter 3: Marriage (7)
Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism (6)
Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked (8)
Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine (1)
Chapter 7: Physiology (2)
Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth (3)
Chapter 9: Creation (4)
Chapter 10: Science of Being (5)
Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered (9)
Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice (12)
Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science (13)
Chapter 14: Recapitulation (14)
Chapter 15: Genesis (15)
Chapter 16: The Apocalypse (16)

Associated with the 16 chapters are the 16 verses and  scenes from her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas. The book, Christ and Christmas, caries the metaphor for the pedagogical structure. Some of the scenes have two verses associated with them, by which the scenes are linked between two adjacent elements.

In addition the 16 textbook chapters, we have a structure of 16 stanzas of the Lord's Prayer associated with it, presented by Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook (p.16) with its spiritual interpretation, as listed below.

1. Our Father which art in heaven,
2. Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
3. Hallowed be Thy name.
4. Adorable One.
5. Thy kingdom come.
6. Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
7. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
8. Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is
omnipotent, supreme.
9. Give us this day our daily bread;
10. Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
11. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
12. And Love is reflected in love;
13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil;
14. And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth
us from sin, disease, and death.
15. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.
16. For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over
all, and All.